You applied for Social Security and filled out all the right forms, went to doctor appointments, dotted every I and crossed every T, you are unable to work and you are entitled to benefits. You wait every day for the mail to come for that letter of approval from Social Security, and finally after what seems like forever, it comes. Denied? There has to be a mistake! This is so unfair.
This is the story that most people who apply for benefits will tell. It is very disheartening but it is not the end of the world. Almost all cases are denied at first, it’s the way it is but if you weren’t prepared, it can be devastating. You really have no choice now but to appeal. Appealing without the help of an experienced Social Security lawyer is likely going to result in another denial. What can you tell SS that you haven’t already said time and time again?
The SS Appeals Council looks at all requests for review, but it could deny a request if it believes the hearing decision was correct. This will, unfortunately, take several more months. If denied again, and that is very possible without the help of an experience California lawyer, you go in front of an administrative law judge who had no part in the original decision.
Seeking the shelter of a lawyer, who can weave in and out of the complicated and overloaded Social Security system, increases your chances of approval, dramatically. In fact, many more cases are won with a lawyer than without and some even at initial application process. Attorneys know a few things that might be able to get a decision on your claim faster and favorable.